Some thoughts on getting the most out of your personal summer basketball workouts. There is no doubt that working with your coach is the best thing for you, but when your coach is not available, you will find a way to push yourself on your own.

Keep the workouts short and intense. Consistently doing a 40 minute workout, 5 days a week, is more beneficial than a 2 hour workout once a week. In my 30 plus years of being around summer workouts, I am 100% convinced that the longer the workout goes past an hour a day, it is usually filled with unproductive minutes.

Make every drill competitive against an established standard. Even for form shooting, establish a standard such as all swishes, 10 in a row, or whatever fits your objectives and what you are wanting to improve. By making the drills competitive, you are more likely to enjoy your practice time, want to work harder, and be motivated to work hard every day.

When you do a drill, if you reach the standard that you have established for yourself, it counts as one win. If not, one loss. Keep track of your win/loss record for the whole workout. If you do 15 drills in a single workout, then your win/loss record should total 15-example 10 wins, 5 losses or 12 wins, 3 losses, etc… Your win/loss record starts over every day.

To make your ball handling or dribbling drills competitive, establish a certain number of reps and time them.

Establish standards for what you need to score to win a drill that will challenge you, but that are definitely achievable for you. Also, create the drills so that you are working on the types of shots and scoring moves thta you will be using during the season next winter. More than likely, you won’t be able to set perfect standards for your drill. It is fin to adjust the scores as the summer goes on to keep them challenging, but achievable. It is better to get started by “guestimating” the standards than to spend a lot of time trying to figure out perfect standards. Spend your time actually doing the drills and you will figure out where to set th standards.

Emphasize and record makes and shooting percentages rather than just getting off a certain number of shots in a drill. That way you are emphasizing getting your shots off quickly, and the need to make them–those are the important factors in games that lead to success.

Shoot a one and one free throw in between each drill to simulate being winded when shooting free throws in a game. Each one and win you shoot will result in a win or a loss as well. You must make both ends of the one and one to get a “win” for the one and one.

Vary and rotate your drills to keep them fresh and interesting.

To end the workout, compete in an imaginary a one and done “state tournament.” For example, in Indiana, high school, it takes winning 6 postseason games to win the state championship. So, you must win 6 games in a row at staring on the 21st game of the workout to be a state champion. Adjust your “post season” portion of the workout for however the postseason is set up for your college level or state high post season. When those last few drills is difficult, but so is winning a championship!

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